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Compare train tickets from San Francisco to Washington DC

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Schedule & Pricing Info

How much are train tickets from San Francisco to Washington DC?

Lowest Price$197.00
Fastest Train74h 15m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines1
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Price trends for trains from San Francisco to Washington DC

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you find cheap train tickets from San Francisco to Washington DC?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets is to plan ahead and book your train travel early. In the past 30 days, $230.43 was the cheapest average price users have found for trains from San Francisco to Washington.

How long is the train journey from San Francisco to Washington DC?

The distance between San Francisco and Washington DC is approximately 2435 miles, or 3919 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 75 hours and 50 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 74 hours and 15 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from San Francisco to Washington DC are the most crowded on Wednesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs San Francisco at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains per day run from San Francisco to Washington DC?

Trains leave the station in San Francisco twice a day, so thre are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Washington DC to San Francisco. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Francisco to Washington DC for $182.00.

What train services are there from San Francisco to Washington DC?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Francisco to Washington DC. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.
TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak23d 3h 51m$245.57

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

San Francisco has 3 stations where passengers can board the train to Washington DC:

  • 425 Mission St
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington DC has one train station:

  • Union Station

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